Livingston Parish fire crews scrambled to keep up with Wednesday evening’s storms after lightning struck two houses and an apartment complex within the span of about 10 minutes.
“Yesterday afternoon was a crazy day,” said Fire Chief Joe Koczrowski, head of Fire Protection District 5 east of Denham Springs, where all the strikes occurred.
The first call came about 6:15 p.m., when a bolt blasted an apartment complex near the intersection of Juban and Buddy Ellis roads. Residents called firefighters, but they determined the lightning hadn’t started a fire, Koczrowski said.
A short time later, a home on Barnett Lane off Lockhart Road was struck. Crews arrived in seven minutes, but the whole attic was ablaze when they got there.
Everyone inside the home escaped, but the building was completely destroyed.
Five minutes after that call, lightning blasted a home on Creek Haven Drive off Dunn Road, and crews from around the parish began to suit up to provide backup for District 5.
“It was really dangerous fighting the fire because there were lightning strikes happening all around us,” the chief said.
Again no one was hurt, but flames consumed about 75 percent of the Creek Haven house, which will likely be a total loss, Koczrowski said.